David Gerrold’s website recently got a makeover to highlight the twelve classic works that have been made available in eBook format.

One of those books is Starhunt and we’re pleased to be able to offer a Starhunt giveaway for SF Signal readers!

Winners will receive an eBook copy of Starhunt *and* a chance to select FOUR additional eBooks from David’s 12 new releases. (The eBooks will be in PDF format.)

Are you not familiar with Starhunt? Here’s what it’s about:

Only an endless space war could have produced the Roger Burlingame. A war that had caused Earth to turn starships into instruments of total destruction. A war that had so drained Earth of resources that the Roger Burlingame was kept in service long after it should have been scrapped.

Now, light years from Earth, the great starship had sighted a quarry almost certain to defeat it in a fair fight. The captain’s nerve was gone; the crew were on the verge of mutiny. And command had passed to a fanatical young first officer hungry for his first kill.

War had turned into hell—and this was a voyage of the damned…

Originally published as Yesterday’s Children.

Find out how to win after the exceprt!
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Book Stack

Mmmmmm…book stack…

Here’s a book meme that focuses on reading habits and buying habits.

You know the drill: Copy the questions below and paste them into the comments with your answers. Answer as many or as few as you’d like.

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 9/06/2014

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #155
  2. Lovecraft eZine #32 – August 2014
  3. SQ Mag #16

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-09-06

Interviews & Profiles

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GAME REVIEW: To the Moon

To the Moon is a story-heavy light-puzzle game released by Freebird Games in 2011.

Johnny is unconscious and on his deathbed. He might not survive the night. Dr. Eva Rosalene and Dr. Neil Watts of the Sigmund Corporation are called in to fulfill Johnny’s contract. Sigmund Corporation will grant your dying wish… sort of. They can rewrite your memories to change the narrative arc of their life and make sure their wish comes true. The main problem of the procedure is that the new memories overwrite the real memories, but nothing has changed in the real world to match them, so Sigmund Corporation will only perform the operation when a person is near death, so they can wake up and experience the new memories before they die.

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Here’s our monthly roundup of some inexpensive science fiction, fantasy and horror Kindle eBooks for you to check out on your favorite reading device. All of these titles are priced under $4 at the time of writing this post. But prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks; discounts are often applied at other outlets, so check there.

  1. Tank Girl – Armadillo and a Bushel of Other Stories by Alan C. Martin (Titan Books)
  2. The End of the Matter (Adventures of Pip & Flinx) by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey)
  3. Buyout by Alexander Irvine (Del Rey)

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel Persona by Genevieve Valentine.

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Pretty much what the title says…
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-09-05

Interviews & Profiles

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In this series, I ask various publishing professionals (including authors, bloggers, editors, agents etc.) to recommend 2-3 authors or books they feel haven’t received the recognition they deserve.

Today’s recommendations are by Richard Kadrey. He is the author of dozens of stories, plus ten novels, including Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha from Hell, Devil Said Bang, Kill City Blues, Metrophage and Butcher Bird. His Wired magazine cover story, Carbon Copy, was made into one of the worst movies of 2001. It starred Bridget Fonda. Sorry, Bridget.

He has been immortalized as an action figure. “Kadray [sic]: The Invincible Wizard” was a villain in an episode of the Blackstar animated TV series.

Kadrey created and wrote the Vertigo comics mini-series ACCELERATE, which was illustrated by the Pander Brothers. He plans to do more comic work in the near future.

He has written and spoken about art, culture and technology for Wired, The San Francisco Chronicle, Discovery Online, The Site, SXSW and Wired For Sex on the G4 cable network.

Richard has no qualifications for anything he does.
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Nearly twenty years ago a debut novel took the genre world by storm, at least in terms of awards. It won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, BSFA, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and author Mary Doria Russell received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. It was a novel that walked a fine line in its themes between science and faith. The intersection between the two is not always a comfortable one and if anything can be a one-word apt descriptor of Mary Doria Russell’s The Sparrow and Children of God it is the word uncomfortable. In trying to come up with a “completed” series of books for this column, I pored over my reading logs and it wasn’t long before these two books shouted to me from deep within my memory banks. So again, I’m stretching the definition of completed by including a book and its sequel, but these are excellent books that people should be reading even today — nearly 20 years after The Sparrow first published.

Set in the near future (2019), music from the closest star system to ours, Alpha Centauri, reaches Earth — specifically from the planet which comes to be known as Rakhat. Much of the novel is relayed in flashbacks from Father Emilio Sandoz in the year 2059, the only member of the expedition team sent to Rakhat to survive and return to Earth – decades after he left Earth for Rakhat. Other members of the missionary/crew include a young astronomer, an expert in AI systems, as well as two of Sandoz’s retired colleagues. Sandoz is scarred by his experiences, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The framework of the “present” with the damaged Sandoz and a Church shattered by the failed mission involves the investigation of the mission and why Sandoz is the only survivor.
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A.C. Wise is the author of numerous short stories appearing in print and online in publications such as Clarkesworld, Apex, Lightspeed, and the Best Horror of the Year Vol. 4. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, an online magazine publishing three issues of fiction per year with various unlikely themes. Follow her on twitter as @ac_wise.

SF Signal welcomes back A.C. Wise and her continuing series of essays on Women To Read!
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 9/4/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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Table of Contents: Interzone #254

Here are the contents for the new issue of Interzone, featuring cover art by Wayne Haag:
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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 9/04/2014

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Apex Magazine #64 – September 2014
  2. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #154 – August 21, 2014
  3. Clarkesworld Magazine #96 – September 2014
  4. @Lakeside Circus: “Sassanid Sands” by Gitte Christensen
  5. @Tor: “A Cup of Salt Tears” by Isabel Yap

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Table of Contents: Black Static #42

Here are the contents of the new highly-illustrated issue of Black Static, which features cover art by Dave Senecal…
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-09-04

Interviews & Profiles

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The recent graphic interpretation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book afforded me the chance to interview the legendary artist P. Craig Russell. I lept at the opportunity which lead to a discussion that touched on a variety of topics including Neil Gaiman, art, young adult fiction, Busby Berkley, and why Russell had no social life for three months.


RICK KLAW: Unlike your previous adaptations, you worked with a variety of artists. How does your approach differ when you aren’t doing the art?

P. CRAIG RUSSELL: The only difference in my approach to the art when working with other artists is that I put a little more effort into designing the picture within individual panels. If I’m doing it for myself I only need a few squiggles to remind myself weeks or months later what needs to be drawn in that panel. For other artists I spend more time on a recognizable composition, sometimes adding/suggesting background details.
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Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I name my picks for The Best Speculative Fiction Reads in September.

Check it out and tell me which titles I missed.

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Lost in Animeland: Summer Seasons Picks

I’m back! It’s been a while — lots of cons, book stuff, and other exciting happenings on my side. I’ve got a new John Golden novella out (and a paperback with both stories), plus I’m in a cool Kickstarter anthology.

Also, I’ve had some time to catch up on my anime! We’re about three-quarters of the way through the summer season now, so rather than go through the first episodes I’m going to skip right to talking about the show I’m actually liking a lot. Summer season is usually pretty lackluster, but this time there’s quite a few! (As usual, I’ll try to confine spoilers to the first episode or so.)
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